July 19, 2006 | By: Aimee Nielson

From traditional to organic fruit and vegetable production, the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture Twilight Horticulture Tour will have something to interest just about anyone.

The UK Horticultural Research Farm in south Lexington is home to dozens of projects and variety trials, many of which will be showcased Aug. 1. Two concurrent tours – one for vegetables and one for fruit – will repeat from 6 p.m. until dark.

“We will be able to show growers our latest research and hopefully give them some ideas of things they can do themselves,” said John Strang, UK Extension horticulture specialist. “We’re planning to have a wagon tour and a walking tour so visitors can go to all the stops, and then we’ll have some time at the end where they can go back and talk to the guides about what interests them most.”

Strang said tour participants will have a chance to learn about research involving traditional, sustainable and organic growing practices. 

Vegetable tour stops include transplant greenhouses; matted row strawberry variety trial; ornamental corn, specialty gourds, and winter squash; stinkbugs in peppers; biological control of European corn borers in peppers; tomato and pepper varieties; sorghum variety trial; specialty melon and winter squash variety trial; unusual vegetables; recombinant tomatoes; squash bug control in summer squash; growing tomatoes in four organic production systems; and organic mixed vegetables for the newly developed sustainable agriculture curriculum at UK. 

Tour stops with a fruit flavor include raspberry and blueberry variety trials; organic apple thinning; grape training; grape cultivars and training systems; grape wine evaluation studies; H braces; and Japanese beetle and green June beetle studies.

Strang said both tours will start at the research center parking lot. Cold drinks and specialty melons, if they mature in time, will be provided for participants.

The Twilight Tour is open to the public but is primarily aimed at fruit and vegetable growers. For more information, contact your local county Extension office or call Strang at 859-257-5685 or Pam Compton at 859-257-2909. You can also send an e-mail to pscomp1@uky.edu

The U.K. Horticultural Research Farm is located on the south side of Lexington approximately one block west of the intersection of Man O’ War Boulevard and Nicholasville Road (U.S. 27). The entrance to the farm, Emmert Farm Lane, is off of Man O’ War Boulevard at the traffic light opposite the entrance to Lowe’s and Wal-Mart.



Pam Compton, 859-257-5685